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About Requiem for the Fallen
REQUIEM FOR THE FALLEN
NEW ZEALAND STRING QUARTET
New Zealand String Quartet
Voices New Zealand Chamber Choir
Composer: Ross Harris
Librettist: Vincent O’Sullivan
Traditional Taonga Puoro Composer: Horomona Horo
Conductor: Dr Karen Grylls ONZM
Director: Jonathan Alver
Tenor: Richard Greager
"Vibrant, meditative, pulsating… a seamless flow going from one set of textures to another" – Upbeat, SOUNZ
"A requiem of shattering power" – New Zealand Listener
Visionary and compelling, Requiem for the Fallen reflects on New Zealand’s role in World War I and its effect on our country over the last century. Profoundly moving, this is a multi-textured remembrance to our ancestors, to a time and to places still embedded in our collective memories.
A wide-ranging musical drama and a passionate plea against the horror of war, Requiem for the Fallen is written by composer Ross Harris, Poet Laureate Vincent O’Sullivan with taonga pūoro composer Horomona Horo. The performance interweaves the Latin text from the Requiem Mass with O’Sullivan’s words, taonga pūoro and string quartet.
Purcell Hear my prayer
Messiaen O Sacrum Convivium
Beethoven Molto adagio from String Quartet in A minor Opus 132
Schnittke Drei geistliche Gesänge
Harris Requiem for the Fallen
Commissioned by the New Zealand String Quartet Trust and Choirs Aotearoa New Zealand Trust with funding from Creative New Zealand.
Requiem for the Fallen premiered at the New Zealand Festival 2014